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Journeys toward the communal: Metaphor and the construction of poetic narrative in the poetry of Ellen Bryant Voigt, Eavan Boland, and Adrienne Rich, with implications for a pedagogy of communal voice in writing


2000 2000

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Applying theories of conceptual metaphor advanced by cognitive linguists, as well as categories of voice advanced by literary theorists, these essays analyze how three contemporary women poets writing in English—Ellen Bryant Voigt, Eavan Boland, and Adrienne Rich—subvert conceptual metaphors of place to construct inclusive voices and move toward the construction of communal voice or voices in poetic narrative. Voigt constructs conceptual metaphors of place to give voice to ineffable and extreme psychological and emotional states. Boland subverts and supplants the patriarchal poetical and geographical landscapes that have conflated Woman with Nation to provide spaces from which silenced and misrepresented women's voices may speak. Rich ruptures and replaces the formal poetical and geographical landscapes to accommodate communal feminist voices and then other collectives of voices of the disenfranchised. Poems selected from the entire opus of each writer are analyzed to show each poet's movement toward communal voice. A chapter on pedagogy demonstrates that conceptual metaphor is necessary for cognition and may be used as a tool for revision in an undergraduate composition class. As a tool for revision, the conceptual metaphors also can operate to revise a class' metaphorical concept of itself and attendant disadvantageous classroom behaviors, as when metaphor and voice converged in an undergraduate creative writing classroom to create a lived, voiced conceptual metaphor, class is a (functional or dysfunctional) family home.

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Subject
Literature;
British and Irish literature;
American literature;
Linguistics;
Womens studies
Classification
0298: Literature
0593: British and Irish literature
0591: American literature
0290: Linguistics
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Boland, Eavan; Bryant, Ellen; Communal; Ireland; Metaphor; Narrative; Pedagogy; Poetry; Rich, Adrienne; Voice; Writing
Title
Journeys toward the communal: Metaphor and the construction of poetic narrative in the poetry of Ellen Bryant Voigt, Eavan Boland, and Adrienne Rich, with implications for a pedagogy of communal voice in writing
Author
McGrath, Barbara Joan
Number of pages
189
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0092
Source
DAI-A 61/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599945548, 0599945540
Advisor
Getsi, Lucia C.
University/institution
Illinois State University
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9986987
ProQuest document ID
304595966
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304595966
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